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The Harvard Review Says “Incendiary Art” Is “Brilliant,” “Necessary,” and “Urgent”

The Harvard Review lavishes praise on “Patricia Smith’s brilliant and urgent new book of poems, Incendiary Art, her sixth collection. In it, Smith demands that readers recognize the racism and brutality that have always been part of American history before … Continue reading

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How the Writing Partnership with My Wife, the Poet Patricia Smith, Really Works

   The following originally appeared on the Buried Under Books blog: It’s been nearly two years since Mikaila, our adventurous teenager, moved out of our house in Howell, NJ, to study at a little liberal arts college that lies between … Continue reading

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Another Major Literary Award For My Wife Patricia Smith

Congratulations to my brilliant wife Patricia Smith for still another major literary award. The Library of Congress is naming her the winner of the 2014 Rebeka Johnson Bobbitt Prize for Poetry for her most recent collection, Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah. … Continue reading

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My Wife Patricia Smith Wins Top Poetry Honor

My wife Patricia Smith has just been named the winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for her latest book, Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah. This is highest award an American poet can win short of, perhaps, the Pulitzer “I can’t … Continue reading

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A Visit With the Great Howard Frank Mosher

My wife Patricia Smith and I paid a visit to one of our favorite novelists, Howard Frank Mosher, at his rambling farmhouse in Vermont’s remote Northeast Kingdom this week. Howard and his wife Phillis were perfect hosts, treating us to … Continue reading

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More Praise for “Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah”

Rattle, one of the best literary magazines around, had this to say about Shoulda Been Jimi Savanna, my wife Patricia Smith’s latest poetry collection: “Throughout the book, Smith’s fresh diction is surprising enough to be almost a new language.” Damn … Continue reading

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More Honors For My Brilliant Wife Patricia Smith

My wife Patricia Smith has won her second Pushcart prize for poetry. And she’s just been selected as a MacDowell Fellow and will be spending several weeks working at the New Hampshire artist colony this summer. This is a big … Continue reading

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Best Acceptance Speech EVER: Nikky Finney

Nikky Finney’s speech when she accepted the 2011 National Book Award for poetry is the best acceptance speech I have ever heard. The way it echoes down the generations, and the simple elegance of the language, both touched and inspired … Continue reading

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Look Who’s Reading “Rogue Island” Now! It’s Actress Amber Tamblyn

Amber Tamblyn is perhaps best known for her roles in two TV series, Joan of Arcadia and House. She also appeared in several movies including  Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. Amber is also the author of two fine books … Continue reading

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Keepers of the Second Throat

This speech, originally delivered to a national conference of English teachers, is one of the most inspiring things I have ever read. I’d say that even if it weren’t my wife, Patricia Smith, who wrote it. Please give it a look … Continue reading

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